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Women’s Workshop

The Women’s Workshop provided opportunities for economic empowerment to women living in difficult financial circumstances. The members of the workshop got trained in embroidery, before starting to produce pieces such as scarves, bags and cushion covers. These items were sold through Basmeh and Zeitooneh’s selling channels, and the women made an income from each piece they produced. The program operated alongside the Protection department, giving the women direct access to psychosocial support, awareness sessions and counselling beside their regular shifts in the workshop.

In March 2015, Caritas International and the Fidel Gotz Foundation awarded the Workshop the Women Sowers of Development Prize for its role in empowering Syrian female refugees.
To find out more about the prize, please click here: 

On 31 December 2018 the funding of the Women's Workshop rogram stopped and it was about to close down. 100 talented refugee women would have lost their only source of income. So the workshop turned into a self-sustaining business - Shatila Studio.
Shatila Studio produces bespoke needle art from the heart of the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. They work to order but have also created our own, unique collection. The studio employs over 100 Syrian and Palestinian refugee women from the camp. 
Shatila Studio is a Basmeh & Zeitooneh social enterprise.


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